Oppositional Defiant Disorder

"The definition of good parenting and good teaching
is being responsive to the hand you've been dealt,"

Dr. Ross Greene says.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Teaching a child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder can be frustrating, challenging and exhausting. However, it is important to remember that the student is suffering, too. These students have mental or emotional deficits that may be a result of stress at home, economic disadvantages, conflicting parenting styles, or even negligence or neurochemical imbalances. They are not acting this way just to make everyone else miserable – even though it may sometimes seem that way! Though these students can be disruptive or upsetting, there are useful strategies for helping them act appropriately.  Another point to remember is that these students need structure: rules, laws, rewards, punishment, love, guidance, and a sense of safety.

  • Temper tantrums
  • Argumentativeness with adults
  • Refusal to comply with adult requests or rules
  • Deliberate annoyance of other people
  • Blaming others for mistakes or misbehavior
  • Acting touchy and easily annoyed
  • Anger and resentment
  • Spiteful or vindictive behavior
  • Aggressiveness toward peers
  • Difficulty maintaining friendships
  • Academic problems